All EU-fished Greenland halibut sustainable

All Greenland halibut caught by EU fisheries is now sustainable Photo: MSC All Greenland halibut caught by EU fisheries is now sustainable Photo: MSC

Following Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the Doggerbank Seefischerei halibut fishery, all Greenland halibut in the EU is now being fished sustainably.

The Doggerbank fishery’s two deep-sea trawlers Mark and Gerda Maria catch Greenland halibut in trips lasting several weeks between June and December in the coastal waters of Western Greenland. The bottom trawls are equipped with rollers on the bottom ropes which reduce contact with the seabed and nets which are designed to reduce bycatch.

Dr Uwe Richter, managing director of Doggerbank Seefischerei said the company was delighted to be awarded an MSC certificate. "This is recognition for our captains' and crews' fishing practices in Greenlandic waters, which have been practised for years and which are environmentally friendly and gentle on stocks," he said.

Greenland halibut, a flatfish mainly found in the North Atlantic, is one of the most valuable fish in German deep-sea fishing. As part of the certification process, the fishery will develop a strategy to better study, observe and protect the marine ecosystem in the fishing area. Within three years, a system will be put in place to prevent fishing in sensitive habitats.

"Doggerbank Seefischerei already received the MSC certificate for sustainable fishing for its North Sea herring fishery in 2006 as part of the Pelagic Freezer Association, making it the first German MSC-certified fishery," said Karin Lüdemann, fisheries officer at the MSC in Germany. "We congratulate Doggerbank Seefischerei on its new MSC certification.”

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